By Denis Orlov
FC Krylya Sovetov Samara repeated the first-leg scoreline as they defeated FC BATE Borisov 2-0 to qualify for UEFA Cup first round in fine style.
Vitali Bulyha broke the deadlock after just five minutes and Serguei Vinogradov finished the scoring and sealed the tie on 50 minutes as Krylya Sovetov confirmed their overwhelming superiority over the two legs and build confidence to take into the rest of the tournament.
With BATE's influential midfielder and captain Aleksandr Ermakovich sidelined, Borisov opted for a 4-3-3 formation with Dmitri Rubnenko, Aleksandr Vishnyakov and Aleksandr Lebedev in attack. Krylya Sovetov coach Gadzhi Gadzhiev was without injured defender Karen Dokhoyan and Nigerian midfielder Omomigho Temile.
The Russian side showed no intention of merely defending their 2-0 lead as they charged forward from the first whistle. An attacking approach was adopted by both sides but Krylya Sovetov perhaps had the better luck as they scored after just five minutes.
Bulyha built an imposing 3-0 aggregate lead with a fine 20-metre shot straight into the top corner in the opening minutes. Ghanaian striker Baba Adamu might have doubled the lead but fired just wide from a similiar distance. BATE had their chances, however, including an Aleksandr Kobets effort which flew inches wide of the top left corner.
Krylya Sovetov's Chilean goalkeeper Eduardo Lobos made three mistakes coming off the line for crosses, but luckily for him the BATE players could not take advantage as Rubnenko, Kobets and Vishnyakov all missed their chances. Adamu responded in the same manner - first making a mess of a one-on-one chance and then somehow contriving to miss an empty goal.
Krylya scored again on 50 minutes when the half-time substitute Vinogradov latched on to a brilliant through pass from Ognjen Koroman and finished with aplomb. Samara had another chance, but this time Vinogradov failed to make use of Koroman's similarly perfect ball. As time wore on the game petered out somewhat, with Samara the only possible victors and BATE resigned to their fate.